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 Dull, dirty, and dangerous. Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric’s Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines. So today GE Ventures made its first major investment in robotics with a strategic partnership with drone hardware, software, and cloud services platform startup Airware. GE will provide an undisclosed… Read More

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 Kiip bills itself as “mobile advertising people like,” but now it’s trying to apply that model outside of advertising itself. The startup is also announcing that it has raised an undisclosed amount of strategic funding from Verizon Ventures and Michael Lazerow, co-founder of Buddy Media. (As part of Salesforce, which acquired Buddy, Lazerow had an announcement of his own today.) Read More

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 There’s a new service in New York that’s angling to let litigants in certain types of cases crowdfund their lawsuits against bigger, better-funded competitors. Private equity financing of lawsuits in certain corporate cases has existed for several years, although the idea of funding a legal campaign for a return on investment is still in its infancy. The founders of LexShares… Read More

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 CipherCloud landed a bushel of cash today as it announced $50M in Series B funding to continue building its cloud security business. The round was led by Transamerica Ventures along with Delta Partner and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures, the venture capital arm of Deutsche Telekom also pitching in. When I asked CipherCloud executives why they thought they were… Read More

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 By pulling in data from user’s email, contacts, social and professional feeds and interlacing that data with info from their social graph, Accompani hopes to save users time while also providing them with insights they could use to improve relationships with others. Read More

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 Today, on-demand shipping startup Shyp is officially launching in Miami, making it the second best thing in the state of Florida after the Disney theme parks. As promised, the service has arrived in time for Art Basel, the annual art show that draws 70,000 visitors to Miami and Miami Beach each year. Read More

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 Salesforce.com is unveiling a new version of the Social Studio, its set of social media tools for marketers. When the company first announced the Social Studio earlier this year, it seemed like a way to bring its various social media acquisitions under one (metaphorical) roof. (The full name of the product was the Radian6 + Buddy Media Social Studio.) Read More

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 Prezi, the cloud presentation platform that has been gradually eating away at Microsoft’s Powerpoint market share for the last few years, is poised to become a far more mainstream product than some might have previously thought. It’s making two major announcements today. The first — announced today on stage at Slush in Helsinki — is that it has secured a $57 million… Read More

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 E-commerce platform Bigcommerce announced today that it has raised $50 million in Series D funding, led by SoftBank Capital, with participation from Telstra Ventures, American Express, and returning investors General Catalyst and Revolution Growth. The capital will be used to develop the technology behind Bigcommerce’s cloud-based platform, further sales and marketing initiatives, and… Read More

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 Another day, another Uber Mess. The latest news is that Uber is investigating one of its general managers for privacy violations after he accessed customer data from a company-wide platform. Read More

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 Xiaomi, which announced earlier this month that it plans to invest $1 billion in online video content, has been very busy spending that money. The hardware maker confirmed today that it and Shunwei Capital have together made a $300 million strategic investment in iQiyi, the video platform that is majority-owned by Baidu, China’s largest search company. Baidu also said that it had… Read More

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 One year after exploding on the scene, it looks like Coin, the YC-backed startup that wants to replace all your bank cards with a universal card, is finally shipping product to its backers after a long, long wait. Read More

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 Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service, has closed a further $60 million in funding, giving the company a post-money valuation of $660 million. Read More

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 Have you been concerned about your waste? Is it full of enough protein? Full of too much weird stuff like metal shavings or cat hair? Now there’s Smart Pipe. The system connects to your plumbing and allows you to sense all of the good stuff leaving your body. It socializes feces. The product seems to be ready to ship and is about to Disrupt! your waste stream. Amazing stuff from an… Read More

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 While much of the fallout from BuzzFeed’s recent Uber expose has focused on vice president Emil Michael’s suggestion that the company could dig up dirt on critical journalists, the story included something that could be equally concerning — the fact that Uber’s New York City manager accessed the profile of a BuzzFeed reporter without their permission. On some level,… Read More

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 Well shit. A vote to proceed with the USA FREEDOM Act failed in the Senate after it did not collect the 60 votes that it needed. It failed 58 to 42. Before the vote, I noticed a slight change in the tone of people that I had on the phone: There was optimism that it could make it. It didn’t. You can stick a fork in NSA reform for this year, and this Congress. And, as I’ve said… Read More

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 This is the year you and yours should take up 3D printing. Why? Because it’s cool, because 3D printing is the future, and machines have fallen in price and risen in quality. In short, 2015 will be the year of 3D printing. Here are some amazing printers to help you ring it in in style. Zortrax An inexpensive, European-made 3D printer? Yes, please. I reviewed this model this year and found… Read More

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 Customer relationship management company Merkle announced today that it has acquired startup 500friends. The startup’s LoyaltyPlus platform allows businesses to run customer loyalty programs in stores, online, and on mobile. It also allows them to identify the customers that are likely to have the highest lifetime value. Read More

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 “You can’t post that photo,” said the founder and CEO of a prominent, exited startup. He was talking to his PR agent in a W hotel suite in Times Square. I had just taken a selfie with the two of them, at the publicist’s request, and then excused myself to use the restroom. “Seriously, you can’t post that,” said the CEO. “I look so gay in that… Read More

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 A tech industry-backed, U.K. government-funded initiative offering free online courses to those wanting to learn commercial digital business skills goes live today, aiming to upskill Brits to work for tech companies or even start their own startup. Read More

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 Another chapter closed in the life of BranchOut, the failed startup that attempted to create a “LinkedIn within Facebook” with tens of millions of dollars in venture backing. The company’s assets have been acquired by 1-Page, an HR software company based out of San Francisco but listed on the Australian stock exchange. Based on today’s stock price, 1-Page is paying… Read More

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 Boost Media announced earlier today that it has raised $19 million in Series C funding. The company allows advertisers to find the best version of their search ad — it tests variants created by a network of freelance copywriters and designers, identifies the versions with the most clicks or highest conversion rates, then promotes them in a broader campaign. Read More

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 In this episode of Cribs, we headed over to Famo.us, the startup that’s built a web platform for developers and designers. A lot of tech companies try to make their offices feel as homey as possible for the comfort of their employees, but Famo.us just might take the cake. That’s because Famo.us is actually headquartered in what used to be CEO Steve Newcomb’s actual home. A… Read More

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 Danny Donado spent years working for a hedge fund bemoaning the lack of a good document and research management tool that he could use to organize and share the copious notes he was making on potential deals, so finally he built one. Donado launched Bipsync so other hedge funders wouldn’t have to. The former Miura Global employee initially used Evernote, Dropbox, and Salesforce to… Read More

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 In its last quarterly earnings video streaming service Netflix teased that it would be soon launching in more countries and today comes confirmation of that: the company will be expanding Down Under, to Australia and New Zealand, in March 2015. “Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular… Read More

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